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LA Grill & Bistro on No. 2 Road, Richmond

Ben and I had to run an errand in the strip mall at Blundell and No. 2 Road. It’s almost lunch time and the LA Grill $5.95 lunch special was so inviting.

As it was still early, the restaurant was pretty empty. With that, service was prompt.

I ordered from the lunch special with several choice. I had the Chicken Souvlaki which is on top of the list. For lunch special, a beverage must be purchased.

Coke is $1.50 and ice tea is $1.95. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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White Spot for High School Graduation Celebration

It’s another milestone of Nanzaro’s life; high school graduation.

He was just an elementary school boy when Ben and I started this blog. Time flies.

The star of the day wanted dinner at White Spot. So, White Spot it is.

Ben and Nanzaro each had a Chocolate Milk Shake. Super sweet and thick. Ben shared his with me.

Nanzaro had a Triple Triple burger. I just cannot imagine eating such a big burger. The juice dripped all over his plate as he tried to squeeze the burger to get a bite into it.

The burger came with coleslaw and unlimited fries but none of us who had fries asked for a refill. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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A Walk in Enchanted Storybrooke and Lunch at Charthouse Restaurant

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I had a get together during the spring break. Emily brought a girl friend along.

We decided to meet in Steveston Village. Coincidentally, it was the week where the filming of the season finale was taking place. Some of the building facet and store fronts were transformed into the theme of Storybrooke.

The Steveston Cannery Cafe transformed into Granny’s Cafe.

The Tourist Information Center transformed into the Storybrooke Post Office. More Storybrooke scenes at the end of this post.

We decided to dine at Charthouse Restaurant after exploring Storybrooke.

Charthouse deals.

The view from the restaurant overlooking the whaft is amazing.

We started off with the Soup of the Day. It’s a seafood medley soup priced at $4.50. It was creamy and flavourful. Probably the best dish we had among the rest that we ordered.

We had a Caesar Salad with Cajun Chicken as appetizer. It was $11.95.

This is one of the special of the day; Salmon Burger with Yam Fries. It’s served open faced and the salmon is drizzled with teriyaki sauce. Lorna loves the thickly cut yam fries. The special is $10.95. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Breakfast at Old Country Buffet in Bellis Fair, Bellingham

With the new allowance for cross border shopping, the line up at the border crossing is expected to be longer.

It was not as bad as we thought as there were many lanes opened.

We stopped at Old Country Buffet for breakfast before our shopping spree since it was still early and some shops were not opened yet. The above was Ben’s first helping which was protein laden.

I can’t recall what was the exact price for the buffet breakfast; it’s less than USD6 and USD2 for drinks. If you do not want the drink option, they will give you a glass for water.

My first plate was a balance of protein and carbo.

Nanzaro’s choice was strictly protein. Oh! wait, there was some rice underneath the omelette. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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JJ’s Restaurant (VCC) on West Pender St., Vancouver

Lorna, Marian, Michelle (Marian’s daughter) and I met up for lunch at JJ’s Restaurant (VCC).

JJ;s Dining Room & Lounge is the practical ground for the Vancouver’s Culinary College.

The restaurant is spacious and the decoration is simple but elegant.

We were seated right in front of a wall TV which has online feed of the kitchen in action.

The table setting is of western style.

Complimentary warm bread and butter to start the meal.

I had the Charred Vancouver Island octoput, chorizo and chick pea stew for appetizer. It is $4. We found that the octopus was a tad too chewy. The chorizo and chick pea stew was good though with a light spiciness in it.

Marian had the soup of the day which was a lentil soup. It was quite bland. The soup is $2.50.

Lorna ordered the Salmon, prawn and scallion cake topped with pea shoots for appetizer. It is $4. This was pretty good as the seafood cake was crunchy on the outside. The Thai lemon grass sauce was slightly tangy and went well with the seafood cake.

Michelle’s appetizer looked the prettiest. The Shrimp and Avocado Salad is $4.00.  More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Casa Pinoy Restaurant on Bridgeport Road, Richmond

Casa Pinoy has been on our list of places to go for a long while. Apparently, this restaurant has been in business since March 2011.

Casa Pinoy is located on Bridgeport Road, in an industrial area. From the outside, it is a very unassuming place. It’s name indicates that it’s a Filipino restaurant.

But, the sign above will let you that there are a variety of food that you can have here. I brought Arkensen and Nanzaro here merely for the variety of food that we can have. That way, everyone is happy.

You can click on the menu above to have a larger view of their menu.

We came on a Saturday afternoon. It was not busy. I guess it’s more busy during the week days when the work force around the area come out for lunch. This restaurant seats about 50.

I had a coconut juice with pulp for $2.25. It came in a large can of 500ml. It is very refreshing with mild sweetness. The boys did not order a drink because they wanted to have the $1 McDonald’s ice coffee summer deal after lunch.

I came here for their Filipino dishes. I ordered the Chicken Inasal which was recommendation by the server. This is $8.99.

It is grilled chicken marinated in coco vinegar, garlic and pepper. It is served with rice pilaf. The whole grilled chicken leg tastes better … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Cora Richmond

Cora has been on my list of places to visit for my ladies meet for a long while. However, their locations in Coquitlam and Surrey are a bit too far for us to travel to.

When I saw the sign that there will be one opening in Coppersmith Plaza in Richmond, I was very excited. This location was officially opened in April.

Cora was started by Cora in Montreal, Saint-Laurent district. It is a breakfast and lunch joint so that Cora can take care of her children after school. Her philosophy of high quality ingredients and service was so successful that it had turned into a franchise of over 120 restaurants across Canada.

The Cora in Richmond is bright and decorated cheerfully with artwork of their menu and chicken porcelains and antique tin cans. Cora opens early, 6:00AM. We were there slightly over 6:00AM for breakfast because Ben will be flying to Beijing on an early noon flight that day.  You know how time consuming flying is where you have to be at the airport 3 hours before the flight time for international flight. Ben always arrives at the airport early so that he can get his favourite window seat.

We were the first customers at Cora that morning. We had walked past Cora a week earlier during lunch hour and there was a line outside the restaurant. We were told by the manager of the restaurant that the restaurant is very busy between 11:30am to 2:00pm and there is always a line especially during weekend despite this restaurant can accommodate 156 customers.

We started our breakfast with coffee as usual. Free refills like most diners.

Ben had the Cora’s Special which is the most popular item on the menu, according to the server. Cora’s Special is … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Ben’s First Burger after Returning from Beijing

The first thing Ben wanted to do on the first weekend after his return from Beijing was to go shopping in Bellingham. He wanted to shop for some clothing. Ben does not like the men’s clothing in Beijing. Guess where we had lunch?

Ben was yearning for a good burger and we had lunch at Shari’s in Bellingham. We had blogged about Shari’s in Bellingham here and Shari’s in Seattle here. Shari’s is a chain restaurant that opens 24 hours.


Ben ordered the Trail Boss which stacks high with ham, bacon, Swiss cheese  and most important of all a fried egg.  The fried egg is the reason Ben ordered this. The Trail Boss is $9.99.

It was impossible for Ben to eat the Trail Boss with his hands holding the burger up. So, he ate it like a gentleman with the fork and knife. He loves to add ketchup to his burger and fries.

Nanzaro ordered a Double R Ranch Double Stack Bacon Burger which is also $9.99. This is a 2-patty monsters. Unlike Ben, Nanzaro ate his burger like a cowboy. He squeezed the burger so hard that the buns actually broke up.

For the burger, the server asked if Nanzaro wanted the meat pink. Nanzaro wanted his pink. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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